Hurricane Sandy put the kibosh on his appearance slated for late October, but all's clear now for former Rutgers college football hero Eric LeGrand to visit Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School on Friday at 7 p.m. to discuss his new book, Believe: My Faith and the Tackle That Changed My Life.
Written in collaboration with Mike Yorkey, Believe is an inspirational memoir based on a journey that began roughly two years ago, on Oct. 16, 2010. Eric, then a defensive tackle for the Rutgers University football team playing under Coach Greg Schiano, was injured in a game against Army at MetLife Stadium.
LeGrand was left paralyzed from the neck down but chronicled his triumphant tale of rehabilitation and hope in the pages of Believe, his first book.
His story has been featured on ESPN, CBS, and NBC and he has appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated magazine. In the past year, LeGrand has been drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, where Schiano is now the head coach.
LeGrand also won the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPYs. In his home state, LeGrand was given the Unsung Hero Award by the New Jersey Hall of Fame and named The Most Influential Person in New Jersey by the Star-Ledger newspaper.
Currently, LeGrand is on the air broadcasting for Rutgers radio and is continuing his studies. He serves as the Ambassador for The Kessler Foundation, which is one of the largest public charities supporting people with disabilities.
Admission to the engagement is free and copies of the book will be available for purchase. A special edition for young readers aged eight years and older will also be available.
River Road Books, Fair Haven, has been selling copies of Believe in advance of the event, which are still available.